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Music teacher Terry Alvey is retiring this year. As the leader of Whitman’s instrumental music program, Alvey ensured that her students felt motivated to play music with passion, according to some of the young performers she taught.

“She puts everything into her work”: Music teacher Terry Alvey retires after 15 years at Whitman

By Simone Meyer July 20, 2021

As music teacher Terry Alvey’s students readied their instruments and opened their sheet music, Alvey greeted the novices with a phrase that inspired them to sit a little taller and play with more vigor....

The Brood X cicada population only lives for a few short — but memorable — weeks above the ground.

Community assesses slow emergence, quick life and death of Brood X cicadas

By Kiara Pearce June 19, 2021

An ear-piercing buzz. Extraterrestrial-looking shells everywhere. Trees coated with the insects that produce these husks. As warmer months have crept in, a cherry has found its place on top of this tumultuous...

The question of which local culinary institution serves the tastiest tiramisu has been a mystery for the ages... until now.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… tiramisu?

By Jack McGuire and Matthew Lennie June 13, 2021

Whether you know it as a scrumptious Italian dessert or a lyric in Macklemore’s poorly-received song “Downtown,” tiramisu is an integral part of contemporary American culture. The dish became...

With the release of her new song

‘Her power’: Billie Eilish makes a statement on female empowerment

By Bella Grumet June 12, 2021

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to sexual assault. “If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a slut,” Billie Eilish proclaimed to an...

“I would rather drive eight hours total than wait”: Students go to lengths to receive COVID-19 vaccinations

By Eliana Posin June 10, 2021

To respect wishes for privacy, some students’ names have been withheld.   After seemingly endless hours of searching through pharmacies’ websites on his computer, sophomore Finn Van Riper...

The DECA team gathers for a group photo after the Maryland State Championship in 2020. Whitman DECA has taught its outgoing President, Abby Chen, the importance of leadership, she said.

“What the heck-a is DECA?”

By Simone Meyer June 6, 2021

At the 2020 DECA Maryland State Championship, nearly 30 members of Whitman’s DECA club hold their breath, spread out among the tables of the spacious dining room. They shift nervously in their seats...

Author Tammy Greenwood has written 13 novels, all of which share a trademark eloquent style of writing and a recurring theme of loss. Each novel has also received literary honors; Greenwood has won a San Diego Book Award on four different occasions. 

Behind the story: Q&A with award-winning novelist Tammy Greenwood

By Simone Meyer May 31, 2021

At the tender age of 11, author Tammy Greenwood lost her infant twin sisters due to heart and lung issues. Greenwood channeled her grief into writing, and English quickly became her favorite subject in...

Sound of Metal: Silence speaks volumes

By Noey Sheldon May 27, 2021

In a small, overcrowded venue, struggling musician Reuben Stone bangs his heart out on his drums. Performance after performance, the raging rhythms have become muscle memory to him. The crowd screams along...

Jain emcees a Make-A-Wish Foundation event. Jain, who was a recipient of Make-A-Wish services as a cancer patient, has worked with the organization extensively since his recovery.

Meet Ashwani Jain: Maryland’s millennial gubernatorial candidate

By Nil Özdemir May 26, 2021

“I would be the nation’s first millennial governor and Maryland’s first governor of color,” Ashwani Jain, a candidate in the 2022 Maryland governor’s race, said, quoting his own gubernatorial...

Seniors Olivia Eisenberg (left) and Lily Robinson (right) enjoy the festivities at Post Prom. The Calleva Farm party consisted of a variety of carnival game booths, a haunted trail and snacks for seniors to enjoy.

Post Prom provides closure for seniors after unprecedented year

By Jamie Forman May 14, 2021

A slick limo — or, more aptly, a charter bus — rolled up to Calleva Farm last Friday night. As seniors donning paper event bracelets in lieu of traditional floral wrist corsages made their way from...

Hatred has infiltrated online spaces. We've gathered specialists to talk about it.

Roundtable discussion about alt-right extremism

By Alex Schupak May 14, 2021

In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riots, racially charged killings and widespread conspiracy theories, it has become evident that alt-right terrorism is a prominent domestic threat. Just as concerning...

Junior Caroline Cook's Tabby cat, Diego, poses for a photo in a Christmas-themed scarf.

Pandemic pets: Students benefit from stress-relieving furry friends

By Rena Van Leeuwen May 12, 2021

Eat, sleep, Zoom, repeat.  Most students cycle through these banal activities each day; it can be difficult to enjoy yourself during a global pandemic, after all. Assuaging quarantine boredom, however,...

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